Police chief confirms plans are being drawn up to move jobs north
Police chiefs have confirmed that they are drawing up new plans to move jobs from the central belt to the north and north-east. Assistant Chief Constable John Hawkins told The Press and Journal that a “number of proposals” are currently “under development” that would shift posts “all around Scotland”. The remarks received a cautious welcome in the Highlands and Grampian last night, amid hopes that the police are finally poised to deliver on a promise made two years ago. In September 2017, Chief Constable Iain Livingstone vowed to “do everything we can to decentralise” posts from the central belt and “bring more jobs to places like Inverness”. Speaking at the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) meeting at which the Inverness police control room was controversially axed, he added: “It’s a completely authentic commitment to do that, identify jobs that can go beyond the central belt to places like Inverness.
CSI: The Future? Experts predict how laboratories will become the frontline in the war against tomorrow’s criminals
The advances of science will help unlock the mysteries of more crime scenes in the future, according to one expert on the forensic frontline. Hayley Quigg, who works for the Scottish Police Authority, which provides technical back-up services to police, said DNA profiles can now be extracted from ever-smaller samples and pointed to mobile units as a means of providing possible instant DNA matches at crime scenes in the near future. Speeding the process up, so that DNA could be matched at the scene of a crime, could provide investigators with vital leads in the so-called golden hours immediately following a crime. Hayley said: “We can now obtain a DNA profile from smaller samples including those not even visible to the naked eye.
Glasgow’s sectarian marches and their links to Brexit
In Glasgow the skies were blue and the Pride of Govan band held its banners high as the loyalist march set off past Ibrox stadium – the home of Rangers Football Club – towards the heart of the community where it was founded. This was the largest of four loyalist parades that Glasgow City Council agreed to let go ahead yesterday, with some 800 marchers and hundreds more walking alongside.
Cost of Police Scotland’s Brexit contingency planning revealed
Police Scotland has spent more than £8 million on Brexit contingency planning, according to a report due to go before the Scottish Police Authority board at its meeting next week. It states £8.05m was spent by the force up to September 9 on preparation. The figures account for both Brexit contingency planning and the Brexit delivery team. Contingency planning focuses on preparation for potential civil unrest after Brexit and the delivery team is focused on ensuring international co-operation continues.
‘Mind-boggling’ £8m Police Scotland spend on Brexit
Police Scotland has spent a “mind-boggling” £8m as it prepares for Brexit. According to a report due to go before the Scottish Police Authority board, £8,053,218 had been spent by the force up to September 9 on Brexit planning.
No-Deal Brexit could lead to increase in Scottish sectarian violence
Crashing out of Europe without a deal could lead to a surge in sectarian violence in Scotland, according to advice given to Scottish ministers. In a Government document outlining the possible impact of a No-Deal Brexit, Nicola Sturgeon’s cabinet have been told that fighting in Glasgow and the West of Scotland could be a consequence of a change “in the levels of sectarian behaviour in Northern Ireland.” The hellish prediction comes just weeks after clashes between republicans and loyalists in Glasgow.
Concerns no-deal Brexit could fuel sectarian violence in Scotland
Sectarian violence could surge in Scotland in the wake of a no-deal Brexit, ministers have warned. They say they’re “aware any changes in the levels of sectarian behaviour in Northern Ireland could impact Scotland” just weeks after violent street clashes between Republicans and Loyalists in Glasgow.